Fantasy: Week 5 positional rankings

Reid, Mike, and Blayne are joined by Tim Shaw from SoccerCaptains.com to talk about all the MLS Fantasy action that was packed into the few games in Round 4. Blayne drops a big announcement about a discount opportunity from our sponsor, Beard Care Club, and then they get into the recap including Tim answering a popular question. What happened to the Red Bulls?! Mike touches on the lasting impacts of the international break before moving onto the Round 5 preview.


Week 5 of MLS Fantasy is upon us, with multiple key players set to return from international duty, suspensions and injuries. Be sure to monitor player statuses throughout the week as they return to their respective squads, and don’t forget that the first game of Week 5 (Toronto FC vs. NYCFC) kicks off on Friday! With that in mind, let’s dive right into the top fantasy players at each position this week.

Goalkeepers

Melia is the top-ranked goalkeeper for Week 5 | USA Today Images

Tim Melia jumps off the page as the top goalkeeper on a slate that features multiple road favorites. He’s back at Children’s Mercy Park, where he kept a clean sheet in his last outing and is facing a Montreal attack on Saturday that could be without Ignacio Piatti (3 pm ET | TVAS, TSN5, CTV — Full TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
Tim Melia SKC vs. MTL $7.0
Spencer Richey CIN vs. PHI $5.8
3 Joe Bendik CLB vs. ATL $4.4
Bill Hamid DC at ORL $7.4
Nick Rimando RSL vs. DAL $5.9
6 Brian Rowe ORL vs. DC $5.2
7 David Bingham LA vs. POR $5.2
8 Stefan Frei SEA at VAN $7.0
9 Luis Robles RBNY at CHI $5.6
10 Tyler Miller LAFC at SJ $5.5

Defenders

Zusi (right) is another Sporting player atop the position rankings. | USA Today Images

Graham Zusi has yet to make his mark on the scoresheet, but he’s knocking at the door with five shots, eight crosses and two chances created through his first two games. With a strong possibility of a clean sheet against Montreal, Zusi is set up for a big fantasy haul if he’s able to break through on the attacking end, too.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Graham Zusi SKC vs. MTL $7.6
2 Harrison Afful CLB vs. ATL $8.1
3 Gaston Sauro CLB vs. ATL $6.5
4 Matt Besler SKC vs. MTL $7.9
5 Kendall Waston CIN vs. PHI $6.2
6 Walker Zimmerman LAFC at SJ $7.8
7 Greg Garza CIN vs. PHI $5.5
8 Mathieu Deplagne CIN vs. PHI $6.3
9 Andreu Fontas SKC vs. MTL $5.5
10 Brad Smith SEA at VAN $6.3
11 Frederic Brillant DC at ORL $7.0
12 Kelvin Leerdam SEA at VAN $6.5
13 Rolf Feltscher LA vs. POR $5.2
14 Nick DeLeon TOR vs. NYC $6.0
15 Justin Morrow TOR vs. NYC $6.7
16 Francisco Calvo MIN at NE $7.5
17 Michael Murillo RBNY at CHI $7.7
18 Leonardo Jara DC at ORL $7.5
19 Seth Sinovic SKC vs. MTL $6.3
20 Edgar Castillo NE vs. MIN $5.3

Midfielders

Nicolas Lodeiro already has two goals, three assists and 29 fantasy points over his first three games, and there’s no reason to think he slows down in Saturday’s Cascadia rivalry against a Vancouver defense that has conceded seven goals in their first three games (10 pm ET | TSN1 — Full TV & streaming info).

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Nicolas Lodeiro SEA at VAN $12.3
2 Romain Alessandrini LA vs. POR $10.1
3 Kenny Saief CIN vs. PHI $8.1
4 Luciano Acosta DC at ORL $11.4
5 Carles Gil NE vs. MIN $9.9
6 Alejandro Pozuelo TOR vs. NYC $10.0
7 Diego Valeri POR vs. LA $11.6
8 Johnny Russell SKC vs. MTL $9.3
9 Marco Fabian PHI at CIN $9.0
10 Albert Rusnak RSL vs. DAL $11.2
11 Federico Higuain CLB vs. ATL $9.0
12 Maxi Moralez NYC at TOR $10.2
13 Nani ORL vs. DC $8.8
14 Victor Rodriguez SEA at VAN $9.5
15 Inbeom Hwang VAN vs. SEA $8.7
16 Felipe Gutierrez SKC vs. MTL $8.1
17 Jonathan dos Santos LA vs. POR $9.1
18 Michael Bradley TOR vs. NYC $10.0
19 Przemyslaw Frankowski CHI vs. RBNY $8.3
20 Damir Kreilach RSL vs. DAL $7.8
21 Ilie Sanchez SKC vs. MTL $9.1
22 Junior Moreno DC at ORL $7.5
23 Daniel Royer RBNY at CHI $8.3
24 Sebastian Blanco POR at LA $10.3
25 Yordy Reyna VAN vs. SEA $8.5
26 Roland Lamah CIN vs. PHI $7.5
27 Jefferson Savarino RSL vs. DAL $8.2
28 Julian Gressel ATL at CLB $8.9
29 Saphir Taider MTL at SKC $11.7
30 Sebastian Lletget LA vs. POR $6.9

Forwards

Vela remains the top option for forwards. | USA Today Images

Carlos Vela failed to hit the scoresheet in Week 4, but he still managed seven points thanks to multiple attacking bonus points. Facing a leaky San Jose defense on Saturday (3:30 pm ET | Univision, Twitter — Full TV & streaming info) that’s been breached for nine goals in three games, he’s back at the top of this week’s forward rankings.

Rank Player Team Opponent Price
1 Carlos Vela LAFC at SJ $12.3
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA vs. POR $11.2
3 Darwin Quintero MIN at NE $12.5
4 Wayne Rooney DC at ORL $11.0
5 Raul Ruidiaz SEA at VAN $11.2
6 Alexandru Mitrita NYC at TOR $10.2  
7 Krisztian Nemeth SKC vs. MTL $6.7
8 Josef Martinez ATL at CLB $10.1
9 Jozy Altidore TOR vs. NYC $9.6
10 Alberth Elis HOU at COL $9.2
11 Diego Rossi LAFC at SJ $9.0
12 Gyasi Zardes CLB vs. ATL $9.8
13 Jordan Morris SEA at VAN $9.3
14 Bradley Wright-Phillips RBNY at CHI $10.3
15 Fredy Montero VAN vs. SEA $8.7
16 Cristian Penilla NE vs. MIN $8.0
17 Kekuta Manneh CIN vs. PHI $6.4
18 Mauro Manotas HOU at COL $10.1
19 Kei Kamara COL vs. HOU $8,8
20 Cristian Espinoza SJ vs. LAFC $8.8

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